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Hot mess, complete failure to acceptable Crash the stash
Posted Feb 1, 2018

This one was a doozy…. Not every page can be a masterpiece. This one took me on a ride that I wasn’t expecting. Nothing… I mean nothing came out the way I planned and gesso was my friend on this one because I used over and over to try to make some sense of this page. I at least got it to a place that was acceptable, not my favorite but o.k.

I thought that I would share this because on camera it looks as though it’s easy for me. Somedays it is and someday’s it’s a struggle. The most important lesson is the lessons in the mess. Each and every journal page is a journey and sacred. So even if you are struggling with your creativity, keep creating! Be persistent and enjoy the wisdom gained from the messes!

Enjoy the video


Supplies Used: Gloss medium, collage papers, Canson 9×12 journal, matte medium, Fluid acrylic paint. gesso

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!


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Posted Feb 1, 2018
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Hello there! I’m Shawn Petite

I’ve been teaching and creating for well over 25 years. About 15 years ago I found my art soul mate in mixed media, and it changed my life! I love the story that can be told by combining paint, texture, ink, paper and—really anything that you can imagine.

But what I’m truly passionate about is being your guide, walking with you step by step and helping you become your own hero in your creative journey.

Along my path, I’ve learned that the creating art also creates a healing space. Life can be messy and complicated and painful, but something about a paint brush can help heal your soul. I believe—no, I know—you are worthy of love, and I want to teach you to know that about yourself. Join me on this journey of art and inspiration!


  1. Clara Melchor Bowman

    Dear lovely Shawn,

    I love how this piece is so indicative of our need to please, to always get everything just right. Nevertheless, it says to me…Don’t ever give up, through the struggles, the pains and difficulties that life can throw at us…we carry on, we rely on our inner strengths and tenacity. Something beautiful can be had…If only we refuse to give up.

    Thank you for sharing this…for showing that when we think that all seems lost, if we carry on we can be pleasantly surprised. I love your honesty and that you are never afraid to show us who you are.

    Love & hugs
    Clara 😊💛

    • Shawn

      Clara… YES! exactly!!! you have such great insight… Thank you !!

      • Clara Melchor Bowman

        I hope you realise that your art and your heart has such power Shawn. When people, like you, open their hearts & minds and share who they are, it has a snowball effect. Powerful stuff and so much healing to be had! You are a joy and so generous with your beautiful gifts.
        Thank you so much.

        Have a happy day.
        Clara 😊💛

        • Carole Morrison

          Clara, I so agree!! Shawn has exactly the same effect on me!! “Coming through to the other side”……..sometimes 3 steps forward; 2 steps back…….ah, the “dance of life”!! Shawn, if only you could see yourself through “our eyes”!! Clara and Shawn, I hope your Saturday is full of blessings!!

          • Clara Melchor Bowman

            Dear Carole,
            Oh I love your analogy…the dance of life…that’s it isn’t it, exactly! To have this shared understanding helps each one of us to realise that we’re not alone in our journey, in our ‘dance. Art is such a wonderful way to express; It is a gift to be shared and we’re blessed to have Shawn. I’m learning in my art journey and I’ve learnt so much from her.

            Have a lovely weekend Carole. Love & God bless. 😊💛

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